Ironwood and Saguaros
This is a trail that can be used as the start of a longer hike using Picture Rocks Wash or the Brittlebush Trail to form loop trails. The trail head is at the parking lot along Picture Rocks Road just west of Contzen Pass and ends at Picture Rocks Wash, 1.4 miles later. Start out on the Ringtail Trail for .1 mile then on the Cam-Boh Trail for .2 miles to the Ironwood Trail. The first third of the Ironwood Trail follows along a wash and the last two thirds is an actual trail. The southern part near Picture Rocks Wash has numerous young Ironwood Trees.
The Ringtail trail starts out in a wash on the south side of Picture Rocks Road. After .1 miles turn right (west) onto the Cam-Boh Trail, follow this for .2 miles to signed Ironwood Trail. This trail follows a wash and doesn’t appear to be a trail but just as you begin to wonder if you may have missed the trail exiting the wash, at .1 mile there will be a sign indicating the junction with the Mule Deer Trail. The Mule Deer heads off to the east and will connect up with the Ringtail Trail. Continue on along the wash and after .5 miles from start of Ironwood Trail the trail heads out of the wash to the left (There was no sign indicating this but there was a rock Cairn). The trail continues south climbing a small saddle before dropping down about 40 feet and crossing two small streams. The trail then climbs about 40 feet over a ridge before dropping into Picture Rocks Wash and the end of the Trail. There is a sign at this junction indicating the Picture Rocks Wash Trail. This is an easy trail to follow as long as you follow the wash then exit at the right spot and follow the well defined trail. I had no issues with this spot because I was heading north and the trail just entered the wash and it didn’t come out. There are a lot of young Ironwood trees along this trail (young is relative), I did not see any large Ironwood trees. From the end of this trail you can take the Picture Rocks Wash Trail to the east to the Ringtail Trail and back to the start point or continue on to the Brittlebush Trail to form a larger loop.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.